Far from any major city, a 43-mile-long mountain road winds its way through Logan Canyon, which connects the town of Logan with the shores of Bear Lake. It’s the kind of place you could spend decades exploring—but even if you have only a weekend or a season, take the chance to get to know Logan Canyon’s treasures and spend an action-filled day in the snow. Winter is a great time to visit, with lots to do for those who enjoy snow sports. And you can’t beat the views. Here’s our admittedly very ambitious guide to an adventure day in Logan, Utah.
You’ll need at least a pick-me-up to get started on your day of adventure. Caffé Ibis features in-house roasted coffee, killer hot chocolate, Italian sodas, and gourmet food. It’s a family owned and operated award-winning "Green Business" and artisan custom coffee roasting house founded in 1976 by Randy Wirth and Sally Sears with a focus on Triple Certified, Organic, Fair Trade, and Smithsonian Shade Grown Bird-Friendly coffees from around the world. Their hand-selected coffees present the finest possible cup quality and have been recognized internationally.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Are you ready to hit the slopes? Beaver Mountain Ski Resort is just one mile off Highway 89. The Seeholzer family has operated this charming resort since the days when skiing meant sliding around on narrow wooden boards attached to your feet with a 2-inch piece of inner-tube. The resort first opened in 1939. Harold Seeholzer dreamed of a lift running all the way to the top of Beaver Mountain. The "Harry’s Dream" lift was built in his honor. Beaver Mountain currently runs four chairlifts and is a winter tradition among thousands of devoted skiers. Beaver Mountain is not the sprawling mega-resort like you find in Park City and other Utah locales but it offers wonderful runs, great Utah snow, shorter lift lines and less burden on your pocket-book. It is one of Utah’s best-kept winter secrets and everybody feels like family.
Another option for skiers is Cherry Peak Resort , the newest resort in Utah. It features 1,265 vertical feet, two triple chair lifts with more to come, and the convenience of a short drive. Year-round events including outdoor concerts are also available. If you like skiing, boarding, and tubing, it’s a great local resort to explore.
Nordic United is a nonprofit that’s helping people get out on cross-country skis. It hosts cross-country and skate ski classes, and ski/snowshoe outings for the general public. For those looking to Nordic ski, Nordic United grooms three large trails in Cache County. Logan City grooms a fourth at the golf course close to downtown as conditions allow. There are also many backcountry ski trailheads in Logan Canyon and nearby canyons as well.
Beaver Creek Lodge has snowmobile and winter clothing rentals on the property—and you’ll have access to some of the best trails in the West. Located in beautiful Logan Canyon, Beaver Creek Lodge is 27 miles east of Logan, along scenic US Highway 89, just 2 hours north of the Salt Lake International Airport. Ranked as one of the top 10 snowmobiling areas in the West by SnoWest Magazine, the area surrounding Beaver Creek Lodge offers hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails and spectacular off-trail riding. Stay the night at the lodge, then walk out the front door and get on your snowmobile. They offer brand new high-quality on-site snowmobile rentals for both guided and unguided tours. From their lodge you can easily reach the best trails in northern Utah, the Bear Lake area, and southern Idaho. Whether you are looking for a beginner or intermediate groomed trail, open spaces, or a more difficult expert mountain climbing ride, it all begins here.
After a day outside, there’s nothing like a hearty Mexican meal to warm you up. Café Sabor on Center Street in Logan is situated in an old railroad station and features a fantastic patio under the built-in canopy where the trains used to come in. With its made-from-scratch guacamole, crunchy taquitos and mountainous Nachos, it’s a hot happy hour spot. Come hungry for dinner, as portions are huge, ranging from authentic Mexican favorites like Carne Asada and Camarones a la Diabla to fusion pasta dishes. Branch out and try the popular Pollo Durango; it’s a local favorite.
If you’re craving pasta, Le Nonne is located in a little cottage in the middle of town. It’s an Italian restaurant owned and run by a Tuscan native, and the menu is jaw-droppingly good, especially considering it’s in a small Utah town far from Northern Italy. Le Nonne features homemade gnocchi, pastas, and sauces you’ll never forget. The summer patio is particularly popular—its trees offer shade on warm evenings, and the fresh air somehow makes all the fresh pasta even better.
You may not expect a small town to have a thriving art scene, but that’s what you get in Logan. Performing arts have been a major part of the Logan community throughout its history. More than 150 years ago, as the town was being built, a theater was among the first buildings Mormon pioneer Brigham Young instructed settlers to prioritize. The Thatcher Opera House burned down in 1912, and Logan was quick to replace it, putting up the Caine Lyric Theatre the following year. The 1,100-seat Capitol Theatre went up a decade later, and the Utah Theatre was built in 1924. The town has continued to update and reinvigorate its historic theaters in the intervening years, and, in the summer of 2017, even designated a Historic Theatre District. Between those three theatres, a thriving arts program at Utah State University, vibrant community productions, world class opera and Broadway theater, touring productions, concerts, and music and visual art throughout the town, Logan is home to a dynamic arts scene. Cultural events are held throughout the year, so whenever you’re visiting Cache Valley, you’re in for a healthy dose of the arts.
Written by RootsRated Media for Utah Office of Tourism.